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Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

A Hillsborough County sheriff's deputy who worked as a traffic crash investigator was killed after his car was hit head-on by a wrong-way driver, who also died in the accident.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

Two drivers accused of driving drunk were arrested over the weekend in Hillsborough County after nearly causing head-on collisions with law enforcement officers.

In the first incident around 4 a.m. Saturday, University of South Florida Police Officer Scott Parker avoided a collision on Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard at Orient Road.

Motor vehicle crashes are a leading causes of injury and death in the United States. And while wrong-way crashes account for a small percentage of the accidents, more than a dozen people have died in an outbreak of wrong-way driving on Tampa-area roads.

The Florida Highway Patrol says two people died when they were struck by a wrong-way driver on U.S. 19 near Crystal River.

The crash happened Monday night near Crystal River when 51-year-old Marianne J. Campbell of Fort Lauderdale was driving southbound in a northbound lane of U.S. 19. She struck a car driven by 74-year-old Ruby Pearl Ray of Nixa, Missouri.

Troopers say Ray died at the scene. Her 75-year-old passenger Greta Overbay of Roachdale, Indiana, died later at a hospital.

Campbell was airlifted in critical condition to a hospital in Ocala.

FHP Starts Wrong-Way Driving Campaign

Oct 16, 2014
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The Florida Highway Patrol is kicking off a campaign to prevent wrong-way crashes around the Tampa bay area, after five crashes led to eleven deaths so far this year.

An additional 30 troopers from across the state will be located around I-75, I-275 and other roadways to arrest wrong-way and DUI drivers.

FHP spokesperson Sgt. Steve Gaskins said drivers should make good decisions before they start drinking.

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Since February, there have been five wrong-way crashes that have caused 11 deaths on highways in the Tampa area.

We will take an in-depth look at this apparent outbreak of crashes this week on Florida Matters on Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 12 at 7:30 a.m. on WUSF 89.7 FM.

According to transportation experts and law enforcement, alcohol plays a huge role in the fatal wrong-way crashes.

Second Wrong-Way Driver Arrested on Expressway

Oct 2, 2014

In what may seem like deja vu, another wrong-way driver was arrested Thursday morning on the Veterans Expressway. The same officer, Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Ronald Evans, who arrested a driver Wednesday morning, arrested Lori Lee Downard on Thursday.

At 3:07 a.m., the FHP received calls that a car was traveling in northbound in the southbound lanes of SR-589 close to Van Dyke Road. 

An Oldsmar woman was arrested early Wednesday morning after she drove the wrong way on the Veterans Expressway near Gunn Highway in Tampa, according to Florida Highway Patrol.

During a taping for an upcoming Florida Matters on an apparent outbreak of wrong-way crashes in the Tampa Bay area, Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Steve Gaskins said this latest arrest happened at about 1:30 a.m.

Florida Highway Patrol

For the fifth time this year, a wrong-way crash on a Tampa-area interstate has claimed a life.

This morning's crash happened near Dade City in Pasco County. The Florida Highway Patrol says a 25-year-old woman was driving north in the inside lane of I-75 around 4:35 a.m. on Monday. She struck a tractor trailer hauling food and beverage products.

The woman was taken to Bayonet Point Medical Center in Hudson, where she died.

The truck driver wasn't injured.

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This Sunday was a tragic day for many, with at least eight people dying overnight in crashes in Hillsborough County. Among them were four young students from the University of South Florida, who perished after their car was struck head-on by a wrong-way driver on Interstate 275, as reported on tbo.com.